Catastrophic Injury


What Kind Of Injuries Would Be Considered Catastrophic?

Any event which causes a grave injury that results in a premature preventable death or a loss of a major bodily function can be considered a catastrophic injury. For example, a brain injury that results in a permanent brain damage, the loss of sight, the loss of walking, the loss of use of limbs, the loss of hearing, loss of smell, or a major loss of mental capabilities would be considered catastrophic, not only in a personal sense but also in an insurance and injury and money damage claim sense.

Do Catastrophic Injuries Generally Result From Certain Types Of Accidents?

There are no “certain” types of accidents that cause catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries can result from many different forms of accidents. Accidents caused by carelessness in any form, such as vehicle wrecks, a sudden swimming pool accident, a unexpected and vicious animal or dog attack, or a work site injury can and often do result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. By way of example, I have handled catastrophic injury cases that resulted from one or more cars striking each other, a roll over car wreck that resulted in death due to a produce defect, and death caused by drunk drivers.

What Sort Of Compensation Are Available When Someone Suffers A Catastrophic Accident That Is Someone Else’s Fault?

In many unfortunate occasions, when a person or a family experiences an unexpected preventable accident or incident and there is a resulting catastrophic injury or a wrongful death, there may not be enough insurance money to fairly compensate for the enormous losses and the harms caused to the victim and the family of the victim. That is why it is important to hire an attorney who is board certified in personal injury trial law as soon as possible so that the attorney can investigate all legally responsible sources of insurance coverage for catastrophic injuries resulting from preventable negligence. An experienced injury attorney has the competence to investigate, evaluate, and seek out all possible sources of insurance coverage and all possible parties who may have responsibility to compensate for such a catastrophic event.

What Is The Statute Of Limitations On The Catastrophic Personal Injury Claim?

There are time limits on every civil case, including those dealing with catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death cases. In general, if the injury is to an adult, then the two-year time limit from the date of the event is the time period in which a lawsuit must be filed and promptly served on all responsible parties. In claims dealing with minor children, the time period is different, but this time period can vary from state to state.

How Long Would The Legal Process Take?

Many times in catastrophic injury cases it takes months, if not a year or more, to fully understand the effects of losses to the victim and the family of the victim. The lawsuit process thru the court system may take several months to years, depending on the individuals and the injuries involved.

Can A Fall Downstairs Really Be A Legal Case?

You may be surprised to know that unexpected and sudden falls down a step or stairs result in approximately 2,000 deaths per year and millions of emergency room visits for broken bones, head injuries, and back injuries. While generally most insurance companies will try to deny claims for injuries and falls from stairs or steps, many times, the incident is the result of faulty, dangerous, or defective stairs. An experienced personal injury attorney can work with qualified experts in the areas of construction, architecture, engineering, and human factors to evaluate the condition of the stairs or steps. It is important that if you have a serious injury resulting from a stair or a step fall, you call and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately, before any changes are made to the area where the incident occurred in an attempt to hide the dangerous condition.

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